Radisson Blu Hotel, Glasgow

The Burrell Collection

Note the Burrell Collection is closed until 2020, but you can still enjoy parts of the collection at Burrell at Kelvingrove.

The Burrell Collection is one of Glasgow’s top art museums, and for good reason. Its extensive collection includes more than 9000 antiques, artefacts, tapestries and paintings. The museum is called after its founder Sir William Burrell (1861-1958), a collector since his teens who was very specific and experienced in seeking out the perfect piece. In the 40s, his whole collection was presented to the people of Glasgow where it remains on public display. The museum is nestled in the picturesque setting of Glasgow’s Pollock Country Park.

A variety of exhibitions

The Burrell Collection houses everything you would expect from a modern day art museum and more. There are so many items on display, it will take some time to get around. Alternatively, you may have certain must-see pieces in mind. Either way, set aside a few hours to enjoy the experience.  The collection includes everything from armoury, gothic and medieval art, to an extensive Chinese ceramics display, sculptures and furniture.

Get hands-on at the Burrell

There are a number of interesting events taking place at the museum. If you are lucky enough to visit on a Wednesday, take part in one of the weekly talks by the museum’s curators and staff. On the second Sunday of each month, there are free family films, and on the first Wednesday of the month, under 5s can take part in Wee Wednesdays. There are also regular creative ‘Burrell for Family’ days aimed at children aged 5-12. In addition to two free daily guided tours of the museum, there are often themed tours taking place, based on a specific aspect of the collection. If you fancy yourself as a bit of an artist, join a monthly workshop and put your skills to the test or learn a new craft.

The Burrell Collection is free, open daily, and is located on the on the south side of the city, easily accessible by bus or local train from the central Radisson Blu Hotel in central Glasgow.